Last week’s slate was a bit underwhelming with only two ranked matchups, but this week is shaping up to be the best week of college football yet. Week 7 is jam-packed with ranked conference matchups and carries the biggest weight in the College Football Playoff landscape of any week yet.
1.) #8 Alabama @ #9 Texas A&M
What a great SEC matchup we have here. Alabama is coming off a game in which they struggled on offense and had their defense lead them to victory. Texas A&M is coming off a bye week which could prove to be very beneficial, giving them an extra week to prepare for a tough Crimson Tide opponent. The last time the Aggies came away with a win against Alabama was when Johnny Manziel was under center. A win would be huge for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies and would solidify their case as a College Football Playoff team. Alabama can’t afford to suffer their 2nd loss of the season.
2.) #11 Florida @ #5 LSU
Another ranked SEC matchup? This week is great already. Both teams come into this game undefeated with a lot to gain from a win. Leonard Fournette is the prized running back for LSU and Heisman favorite, will the Gators tough defense be able to stop him? The Gators will rely on their defense and also look to Treon Harris to carry the torch; Will Grier was suspended in a shocking development for the next year after testing positive for PEDs. Harris started the season opener but was suspended afterwards and would lose his starting job. He is a dual threat QB adept at running the spread offense. Whoever wins this game takes full control of the SEC. LSU has won 4 of the last 5 meetings, Florida hasn’t won in Death Valley since 2009. No pressure for Treon Harris.
3.) #7 Michigan State @ #10 Michigan
Perhaps the biggest rivalry game of the weekend? Who would’ve thought both teams would enter this game ranked inside the top 10? Michigan has been arguably the biggest surprise in the nation thus far. The Wolverines are the first team to post three consecutive shutouts in 20 years as they dismantled a ranked Northwestern opponent this past week. During that span they have outscored opponents 97-0. The Spartans have narrowly avoided upsets the past two weeks against Rutgers and Purdue, that doesn’t bode well for them this week–they have to step up their game. Michigan State has won 6 of the last 7 meetings for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Ann Arbor is about to be going nuts again this week.
4.) #17 UCLA @ #16 Stanford
For the first time in weeks, we have a game to look forward to on Thursday night. Both teams enter this matchup with different luck as of late, prior to their bye weeks. Stanford has been rolling, winning their last 4 games while UCLA is coming off an upset loss to Arizona State. The Cardinal look to advance to 4-0 in conference play whereas the Bruins try to avoid their 2nd conference loss already. Freshman phenom, Josh Rosen needs to step up for UCLA. The Bruins haven’t won against Stanford since 2008, dropping the last 7 meetings.
5.) #19 Iowa @ #20 Northwestern
Another ranked Big Ten matchup as them and the SEC steal the show this upcoming Saturday. Iowa has jumped out to a surprising 6-0 record, they face their first true test this week in Northwestern. The Wildcats were romped this past week in Ann Arbor and look to bounce back at home this week. Both teams try to prove themselves worthy of a spot in next week’s rankings.
#13 Ole Miss @ #25 Memphis
One of the biggest rivalries that often flies under the radar due to Memphis’ lack of success over the years. However, it’s different this go-around. The Tigers enter their matchup against Ole Miss ranked with a 5-0 record. Paxton Lynch has been tremendous at QB and will be key if Memphis pulls off the upset. Lynch has 11 total TDs with no turnovers so far this season. The Tigers look for their first win against Ole Miss since 2004.